101 Essential Rock Records
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101 Essential Rock Records

The Golden Age of Vinyl From the The Beatles to the Sex Pistols
Jeff Gold's

Published by Gingko Press
260 pages, Hardcover
11 1/2" x 9 1/2" (241 x 292 mm)
443 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-488-3

$39.95

This volume is a tribute to the vinyl album and celebrates 101 of rock’s most influential records — from The Beatles’ 1963 debut Please Please Me — through the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks (1977.)

Alongside the big names — Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac — are lesser-known but highly influential artists including Laura Nyro, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Captain Beefheart and The Stooges.  An essay on each album accompanies reproductions of the original vinyl cover artwork, with rare variations from around the world (including the first-ever Beatles LP, valued at $5,000, and an alternate issue of Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’, worth twice that amount).

Also included are thought-provoking interviews with musicians who discuss the albums and artists who changed their lives.

Graham Nash describes meeting The Beatles at a 1959 talent show where they were billed as Johnny and the Moondogs and how, four years later, John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang him the just written Misery, “one voice in each ear.”

David Bowie speaks eloquently about the Velvet Underground’s influence, noting his band, Buzz, performed “I’m Waiting For The Man” as an encore at their last gig, and that “it was the first time a Velvet song had been covered by anyone, anywhere in the world.  Lucky me.”

Iggy Pop writes of the profound impact upon hearing Van Morrison’s no-holds-barred performance on the first album by Them, and his admiration for Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out, noting that opening for the Mothers “pushed me to be weirder faster.”

Contributions from Susanne Vega, Peter Buck (REM), Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Nels Cline (Wilco), Devendra Banhart, Robyn Hitchcock, and more are also featured.

Special features include pictorial explorations of Jimi Hendrix’s personal record collection, and a survey of censored album covers from throughout the rock era.

CONTRIBUTORS (FROM A-Z)
  • The Beatles – Please Please Me
  • Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
  • The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones
  • Bob Dylan – Another Side of Bob Dylan
  • Davy Graham – Folk Blues & Beyond…
  • Them – Angry Young Them
  • The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
  • The Who – My Generation
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence
  • The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
  • The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  • Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
  • The Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
  • Yardbirds – Yardbirds
  • John Mayall with Eric Clapton – Blues Breakers
  • The Butterfield Blues Band – East West
  • The Beatles – Revolver
  • Jefferson Airplane – Takes Off
  • The Kinks – Face to Face
  • The 13th Floor Elevators – The PsychedelicSounds Of
  • Laura Nyro – More Than A NewDiscovery
  • The Doors – The Doors
  • Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico – The VelvetUnderground
  • Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are YouExperienced?
  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s LonelyHearts Club Band
  • Moby Grape – Moby Grape
  • Tim Buckley – Goodbye and Hello
  • Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
  • Buffalo Springfield – Again
  • Love – Forever Changes
  • Cream – Disraeli Gears
  • Traffic – Mr. Fantasy
  • The Who – The Who Sell Out
  • Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
  • The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
  • Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
  • The Incredible String Band –  The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
  • The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle
  • Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
  • The Band – Music From The Big Pink
  • Grateful Dead – Anthem of the Sun
  • Jeff Beck – Truth
  • Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills
  • The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
  • Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
  • The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)
  • The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow
  • The Pentangle – Sweet Child
  • The Soft Machine – The Soft Machine
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
  • The Flying Burrito Bros. – The Gilded Palace of Sin
  • MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
  • Sly And The Family Stand – Stand!
  • Neil Young With Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  • Alexander Spence – Oar
  • The Who – Tommy
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
  • Blind Faith – Blind Faith
  • Jethro Tull – Stand Up
  • The Stooges – The Stooges
  • Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
  • King Crimson – In The Court of The Crimson King
  • Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day
  • Fairport Convention – Liege & Leaf
  • The Move – Shazam
  • James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
  • Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  • Emerson Lake & Palmer – EmersonLake & Palmer
  • David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
  • Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
  • Carole King – Tapestry
  • Can – Tago Mago
  • Yes – The Yes Album
  • Joni Mitchell – Blue
  • The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
  • Genesis – Nursery Cryme
  • Faust – Faust
  • The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St.
  • David Bowie – The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
  • Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
  • Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power
  • New York Dolls – New York Dolls
  • Big Star – #1 Record
  • Kraftwerk – Autobahn
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  • Patti Smith – Horses
  • Ramones – Ramones
  • The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
  • AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Cheap
  • Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
  • The Damned – The Damned
  • The Clash – The Clash
  • Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77
  • Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols

Press

Record Collector News: “101 Essential Rock Records” (by Harvey Kubernik)

Analog Planet: “Are These Your ‘101 Essential Rock Records’?” (by Michael Fremer)

Rolling Stone: “2012 Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books – Rock & Roll Reading”